Book Review of Stay of Execution
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About the Book
Title: Stay of Execution
Author: Kellie Larsen Murphy
Genre: Mystery / Suspense
Little Springs was just a small college town, the kind of town where everyone knew everyone and violent crime was nonexistent—until a series of rapes and murders at the college. After an outbreak of fear and hysteria, only the arrest and conviction of Leo Spradlin, the "Co-Ed Killer," could end the terror.
Years later, Spradlin is suddenly cleared based on unshakable DNA evidence, and no one is more surprised than Detective Mike Cancini. As new questions surround the identity of the true "Co-Ed Killer," Cancini struggles to accept his role in the conviction of an innocent man. Suspicions mount when Spradlin’s release coincides with a fresh wave of rapes and murders at the college, eerily reminiscent of the original crimes. Cancini is drawn back to Little Springs, caught in a race against time to uncover the identity of the latest "Co-Ed Killer" before the next girl dies…
A tension-filled psychological mystery, Stay of Execution is also a novel about loyalty, deceit, and the darker side of truth.
Kellie Larsen Murphy is the author of A Guilty Mind and Stay of Execution, the first two books in the Detective Cancini Mystery series. She has written for several mid-Atlantic magazines and resides in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, four children, and two very large, very hairy dogs.
Kindle Version: http://www.amazon.com/Stay-Execution-Detective-Cancini-Mystery-
This is my first book by this author. I didn’t read the other book in the series, but I may have to now. This is an intense book and at times difficult to read. I don’t read a lot of murder mysteries because I think the world is bad enough without reading about rape and murder in fiction, but this book was worth reading. I especially enjoyed that the women, even the victims, were strong, capable people.
Some parts of this book were difficult to read. Some parts were sweet. I was kept guessing for quite a while, although I was somewhat surprised at who the perp was, I wasn’t as surprised at the relationship. I hope that in the third book that Cancini gets the girl.
I give this book 4 out of 5 clouds.
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